The Church Year ends today, with the celebration of ‘Christ the King’. The Collect expresses the hope that God, having crowned his Son on Ascension Day as the ‘ruler over all things’, will one day ‘bring the whole created order to worship at his feet’. Next Sunday (Advent) we begin a new Church Year, praying for that day when he will come again and be acclaimed as King. 

Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street. This week it is

Viking Close in Watchet

Blacksmith Close in Williton

Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.

Warm spaces
Holy Cross will be open on Mondays 10.30am-12.00 noon, as a warm space for anyone to come and spend some time. There will be hot soup, hot drinks and biscuits. 


We need volunteers to be there to welcome people and help serve drinks, so please speak to Mark or one of the churchwardens if you can offer some time.

Readings

Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace

Dates for your diaries:
Tuesday 29th November         7.00pm                    St Peter’s PCC at the Meeting Room
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December                        Christmas Tree Festival at St Decuman’s – details below
CHRISTMAS SERVICES  -  see below

The Collect
Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.   Amen                               

Julie and Donna went to the ‘Growing faith’ day at Taunton Minster, which had an emphasis on ‘putting children and young people at the heart of all we do’.

Following on from this, Julie thought it would be a good idea to have some ‘Story bags’ to be available for any children who come to our services. This would be a fabric bag (like a draw-string PE type bag) which Julie and Donna will fill with different Bible stories and activities. It would be nice to have a set of these at each church.

Would anyone like to sponsor a bag at a cost of £5? And are there any talented people out there who could made/sew some bags?  Please 
Contact

Julie (07973 961083  julie@nickandju.plus.com) or

Donna (633707  donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk) or

your churchwardens if you would like to help.

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary - Every day of the month we pray for different people in our Deanery


Quantock Villages Benefice
20th       The staff and students of Enmore C of E Primary School, Nether Stowey C of E Primary School, Spaxton C of E Primary School

Watchet & Williton Benefice
21st        The people and parishes of Watchet and Williton; Little Saints parent & toddler groups and Camp Fire Church in Watchet and Williton
22nd       Mark Phillips (Vicar); Jane Sperring (Methodist), Mike Sherburn (Baptist), Sam Searle (Salvation  Army), Vincent Woods (Roman Catholic)
23rd       Donna Marsden (Reader), Julie Pelling (Ordinand)
24th       Richard Allen, Andrew Tatham (Retired clergy)
25th       Danesfield C of E Middle School, Knights Templar C of E & Methodist First School, St Peter’s C of E First School

Chaplaincies
26th     The Staff and visitors to Great Wood Camp, Patrick Weld (Chaplain) 

Advent and Christmas at St Decuman’s and St Peter’s



Sunday 27th Nov                  9.15am                  Parish Communion at St Peter’s
                                               10.45am                 Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
                                                4.00pm                  Christingle at St Peter’s – for all ages (in aid of Children’s Society)
Monday 28th Nov                9.45am                  Morning Prayer at Holy Cross – followed by ‘Warm Space’ until midday
Wednesday 30th Nov         7.00pm                  Candlelit Taizé service at Holy Cross – quiet reflective service for Advent
Sunday 4th Dec                    10.00am               All Age Worship at St Peter’s
                                                10.45am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
                                                 4.00pm                Christingle Service at St Decuman’s - for all ages (in aid of Children’s Society)
Monday 5th Dec                    9.45am                Morning Prayer at Holy Cross – followed by ‘Warm Space’ until midday
Wednesday 7th Dec              9.45am                Midweek Communion at The Sanctuary
                                                  7.00pm               Candlelit Taizé service at St Peter’s – quiet reflective service for Advent
Saturday 10th Dec               3.00-5.00pm        Campfire Church ‘Going on a Journey’ – in St Decuman’s churchyard
Sunday 11th Dec                    9.15am               Parish Communion at St Peter’s
                                                10.45am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
Monday 12th Dec                   9.45am              Morning Prayer at Holy Cross – followed by ‘Warm Space’ until midday
                                                  1.30pm               Advent Reflection at Holy Cross - led by Donna and Julie
Saturday 17th Dec                  TBA                    Carol Singing in Williton – time to be confirmed
Sunday 18th Dec                    9.15am              Parish Communion at St Peter’s
                                                 10.45am             Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
                                                  4.00pm              Carol Service at St Decuman’s - followed by mulled wine, tea, cake, mince pies
Monday 19th Dec                   9.45am              Morning Prayer at Holy Cross – followed by ‘Warm Space’ until midday
                                                  1.30pm              Advent Reflection at Holy Cross – led by Donna and Julie
Wednesday 21st Dec             4.00pm              Carols around the campfire – in St Decuman’s churchyard
Thursday 22nd Dec                4.00pm              Outdoor Carols at St Peter’s
Saturday 24th Dec                  2.30pm              Crib Service at St Peter’s
                                                   4.00pm              Crib Service at St Decuman’s
                                                  11.30pm             Midnight Mass at St Decuman’s
                                                  11.30pm             Christmas Eve Holy Communion at St Peter’s
Christmas Day                        10.00am             Christmas Day Communion at St Decuman’s
                                                  10.00am             Christmas Day Communion at St Peter’s 

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Loretta Whetlor, Chairman of the RBL Watchet, sends her thanks to the congregation of St Decuman’s for their generous donation on Remembrance Sunday of £90 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Fund.

Real Advent Calendars have been bought for the Little Saints families by the Salvation Army. Donna has suggested that we give a Christmas gift, such as a drum of sweets, to each family ‘from your friends at St Peter’s/St Decuman’s’.  A way of making the connections stronger between the Little Saints families and our Sunday congregations - 8 families at St Peter’s and about 15 families at St Decuman’s.

Next Sunday (20th) there will be a retiring collection if you would like to contribute towards this.

Prayers

We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Graham, Shirley, Jane, Janet, Sara, Peter, Fay, Alice,

 Christopher and Naomi


We were sorry to hear that Mark’s mother, Pat, had passed away, and we remember Mark and Clare and the family at this sad time.

We pray for Archie Selway, much loved railway volunteer, who has recently died and for his family. We give thanks for the wonderful care he was given in his last days.​


If you would like to be included on the Prayer List, please let Mark, Sarah or Sue know..


St Decuman’s Christmas Tree Festival


You will all be aware that this year's event is being staged from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th December. A record number of 48 trees have been 'booked in'. Local churches, youth organisations, schools and literally all the social groups within Watchet. From Williton: the Cubs & Beavers, Croft House, Danesfield School (3 trees), Stand against speed 4 Bethany, Williton Hospital, St Peter’s PCC and Williton Little Saints will all be taking part. We see the return of The Watchet Bowling Club and Knights Templar School and new support from the RBL Club and Positive Aims.

On Friday & Saturday the church will be open from 10am-5pm, with teas, coffees etc on the Friday plus most of the stalls, whilst on Saturday all the stalls will be in action, with bacon rolls/hot dogs from 10am-3pm and from 12 noon homemade soups (with extra cakes for sure).

John Whellams on the organ and Watchet Flutes will entertain for some of the time on Saturday.

On Sunday, after the 10.45am Communion service, folk will be able to view the trees until the 4pm Christingle Service to which everyone is invited.

Items for the stalls - bottles (from vinegar, pops etc to Champagne), gifts, books, toys, white elephant items and Christmas decorations can be brought to church on Sunday or handed to any of the stall holders: Karen Keep, Julie Sully, Linda Bulpin, Ros Chidgey, Caroline Beaney, Sarah Lander.  Ros Whellams & Tracey Gullis would like cakes on the days or you can always contact either Tony (634098) or Glenys (631787).

If you are able, please do come along to see what promises to be a wonderful display.                  Tony Knight

The theme ....'The Tastes of Christmas'  Reminder to those decorating the trees – no edible decorations please.

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 Today’s Worship and Readings for Remembrance Sunday 
9.15am        Parish Communion at St Peter's
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

Next Sunday 27th November

9.15am       Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

4.00pm      Christingle at St Peters'


Both churches will usually be open every day during daylight hours.

All are welcome to spend some quiet time in the peace of our beautiful buildings.


​​Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 21st November          9.45am                                Benefice Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
                                              10.30am – 12.00noon             WARM SPACE at Holy Cross – tea, coffee, biscuits, hot soup
                                                                                                   *Volunteers needed to help* see below

                                                      7.30pm                                St Decuman’s PCC at Holy Cross

Tuesday 22nd November         9.30am                                Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton                                       
Wednesday 23rd November   10.00am                               Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
                                                      7.00pm                                Watchet Consort rehearse at Holy Cross
Thursday 24th November       10.00am                               CAMEO at St Peter’s
Friday 25th November             2.30pm                                Music Group rehearse at Holy Cross                   
Saturday 26th November        10.00am                              Flutes rehearse at Holy Cross

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 20th November 2022

 

THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT

Christ the King

BENEFICE TEAM INFORMATION


Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:

Revd Mark Phillips                 Vicar                                                                Tel: 01984-639669                         email: revdmarkphillips@outlook.com
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email: georgefenech44@gmail.com
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email: withysue10@gmail.com
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email: sclarkelander@gmail.com
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email: janetbremner31@btinternet.com
Julie Pelling                             Ordinand                                                         Tel: 07973-961083                        email: julie@nickandju.plus.com
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email: donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   


Benefice Website:                 www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

Facebook Pages:                   www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchWilliton   
                                                   www.facebook.com/St-Decumans-120766092644415

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & by email: safeguardingstdecsstpeters@gmail.com